Jack Butler (American football)

  • 4 × Pro Bowl selection ( 1955-1958 )
  • 4 × All-Pro selection ( 1955-1958 ) 1 2 team
  • NFL 1950s All- Decade Team
  • Saint Bonaventure University Hall Of Fame (2010)

John "Jack" Bradshaw Butler ( born November 12, 1927 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, † May 11, 2013 ) was a U.S. American football player in the National Football League ( NFL). He played as a defensive back for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Playing career

Jack Butler studied at a seminary in Canada, then decided to but a college degree at St. Bonaventure University to take. By the use of the local football team he had never organized American football played. The sports director of the college football team was the brother of Art Rooney, owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers and still knew Butler from Pittsburgh, where he had played on clay courts with playmates. He asked him the training operation of the college team to participate. Butler was taken in in the football team his college, where he played for four years, both on offense than End, as well as in the Defense Defensive Back. His team scored during his studies not among the top teams in the NCAA and put the game in 1951 operating one. His acquaintance of the family Rooney owed ​​Butler also that he could sign a professional contract with the Steelers, without being drawn into a NFL Draft. In Defense of the Steelers John Butler was the partner of the member later in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Jim Finks. A championship win he did not succeed.

During the season 1957 Butler was able to achieve 10 interceptions, what a NFL Jahresbestleistung represented. Butler played until 1959 when the team from Pittsburgh and had then, after 103 games for the Steelers, end his career due to a knee injury. The repercussions of these knee injury in 2012 led to a renewed staph infection, passed away at Butler in May 2013 at the age of 85 years. During his playing days he earned the reputation of being a very tough player.

Coaching career

The coaching career of John Butler was short. Only in 1960 he worked as an assistant coach with the Buffalo Bills. Immediately after his playing career but took advantage of the physical wear and tear, which had caused the professional sports with him noticeable. This also resulted in the termination of his coaching career before the season. From 1961 to 2007, Jack Butler was a scout in the NFL. Jack Butler was instrumental in the construction of the scouting system of the NFL. He was married and was the father of eight children.


Jack Butler played four times in the Pro Bowl, the final game of the best players of the season. He was elected four times to the All- Pro and is a member of the NFL 1950s All- Decade Team and the Saint Bonaventure University Hall of Fame. In 2009 he was awarded an honorary doctorate from his college. 2012 Butler was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.